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Schools clean up

Posted on : 05 Jul 2018

Schools clean up
Key stage 2 pupils & teachers from Upper Rhymney Primary School, Anna Lewis (CCBC) & Andy King (Keep Wales Tidy)

Volunteers from Phillipstown Primary School in New Tredegar and Upper Rhymney Primary School came out in force to help clean up their local areas during a recent day of litter picks.

The clean-up day was organised in partnership between the department responsible for housing services at Caerphilly County Borough Council, Caerphilly Homes, and Keep Wales Tidy. 

A number of parents, pupils and teachers from Phillipstown Primary School cleared litter from an open green space close to the school which is used regularly by young people, known locally as the ‘daisy field’, along with another nearby open space used for mountain biking.  All pupils and teachers at Upper Rhymney Primary School took part in the day; they focussed their efforts on the area around the school and the nearby children’s play area at Ty Coch, Rhymney.

The event was arranged in response to concerns raised by local residents at community consultation events held as part of the council’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) Environmental Improvement Programme.  The WHQS programme will see around £220 million invested into the homes of council tenants throughout the Caerphilly county borough, along with improvements to the wider environment.

Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, said “As well as helping us identify how the WHQS investment can be best spent in local communities, environmental improvement consultation events are also highlighting other concerns of local residents, such as littering.  Where these issues are being identified Caerphilly Homes is working with partners, including Keep Wales Tidy, and local communities to help address them.”

Andy King, Keep Wales Tidy Project Officer, added “It’s disappointing that litter is still an issue in many areas, but it’s really encouraging to see people working together to tackle this issue locally.  I’d like to thank both Phillipstown Primary School and Upper Rhymney Primary School for their support and to everyone who took part in the litter picks.”

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